My love for FJ's started when I was just a young lad, my older brother's first "car" was a 1974 FJ40. Now when we got the thing, it didn't exactly run. It was pretty beat up, but it had a CB radio and a horn that went "arooga" and that had my attention locked in. It sat in our garage for a long while with nothing really happening to it. So while it was his first car, it never really was used as that, but we still had it, and I would sit in the back with friends and act like we were soldiers. Regardless, he ended up getting a ricey little 1994 Honda Del Sol later on, that actually became his car.
Anyways, he went on after that to continue the FJ tradition and got a 2011 FJ TRD. From there the addiction reignited. From a little before this, my dad, brother, and I began restoring that '74 FJ40, and just last year finally finished it all. Not so much a trail FJ, but more of just a fun driver.
I knew I wanted an FJ, so that's what I went out and did. Got a 2014 FJ Ultimate Edition.
Didn't want to deal with the dealership in Wichita, so I drove to Omaha to pick it up, but it was worth it. From the dealer installed was the bug guard, and roof rack (might be standard on TRD, I'm not sure). Nothing happened for a while, besides a short little antenna because the big one made me nervous.
Story time is over now, let's get down to the deets:
**Disclaimer: my idea of a hassle is probably much much less than yours. I'm not too experienced but dammit I try my hardest, pls don't judge haha**
Current mods (EXTERIOR)
-Tinted driver and passenger windows to match the rear ones
Self-explanatory I'd imagine. Went to a shop in town to do this, wasn't about to dick this one up. It was cheap and took about 30-45 minutes total. The color and darkness aren't exactly the same as the rear windows but it's close enough. I'm sure I'm the only one that actually notices this but that's just because it's my car and I guess I'm picky like that.
-Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Front Bumper
- 30" Rigid E-Series White-Combo LED
- 20" Rigid E-Series White-Combo LED
- 2 x Rigid D2s White Driving LED
- 3 x Rigid E-Series/Radiance 10" Light Covers
This turned into a pain in the ass, like most things. After installing the bumper, I realized I didn't do enough research. The windshield washer fluid reservoir was now exposed. Also, the front fenders are going to need to be modified to fit. Rather than cut the fenders, I went downtown to a rubber store, and got a few sheets of 1/4" rubber (I think, don't exactly remember thickness), and trimmed those to size, and then bolted them to the wheelwell. So far, these have held up great, and I think they look damn decent myself.
To deal with the whole exposed windshield washer fluid reservoir situation, I ordered the Expedition One Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir Kit, with the air-pump relocation kit as well. These installed fairly effortlessly, and I'm happy with both.
The last issue with this bumper was the winch situation. For some reason, the recommended (from the Addictive Desert Designs website) winch that I purchased doesn't exactly fit into the intended spot. Haven't figured this one out yet, just need to tackle it but I've been putting it off. It'll happen eventually though.
-Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Rear Bumper
- 2 x Rigid SR-M Flush White-Spot LED
The rear bumper install went much smoother. Only modifications I needed to do was drill two holes for the parking sensors, and add some shims underneath to the bolts so it'd sit right. Much, much better than the hassle of the front bumper.
-HELLA Supertone Horn
Again, self-explanatory. Didn't like the original beep beep, so I changed the beep beep to a new beep beep. Although the other day the horn stopped working, haven't tried to see what the problem was besides checking wire connections. I'll probably figure this out in a few days.
Holds the back window open and keeps the light off. I don't actually know if this really changes anything with the wind buffeting when the windows are down, but I like to think it does anyway.
Original antenna made me nervous with how bendy it was at high speeds, and I didn't want to snap it. Got this off of Amazon, doesn't work that much worse than the original antenna in my opinion. I don't usually use the radio anyways so it's not a huge issue.
-Dicked around with Plastidip
Initially wanted to do just the badges, ended up going a bit overboard. Luckily it just peels right off, I just haven't gotten around to doing that on the grill yet. I plan on leaving it on the badges, though, cause I think it looks neat.
-3" lift w/ new UCA's (around 10/6/17)
This was from Suspension Connection. I'm not sure how this went, I had to get back to school so I took a different car and left the FJ at my uncle's body shop and he put it all together. All I know is it looks great, rides comfortably, and I couldn't be more grateful.
-Toyo Open Country M/T LT315/75R16 (around 10/6/17)
These are some large tires. Also orchestrated by my uncle, and again, I couldn't be more grateful or happier. They ride great, although it took a couple drives to get used to. Feels more like a boat now, but also somehow more responsive. ALSO GOT RID OF THAT PESKY STEERING WHEEL SHAKE THAT USED TO HAPPEN AROUND 55-65MPH. For that alone it was worth the purchase!
-Diode Dynamics Tail Light LEDs, Backup LEDs, and Side Mirror LEDs (10/12/17)
Current mods (INTERIOR)
To brighten things up a bit. Plus I'm a sucker for free shipping, so that kinda pushed me over that last little edge. Still waiting to do turn signals though.
-Switches for the lights
I just used the switches that came with the LED lights. Drilled a small fitting hole into the factory blanks, and wired it up. Looks kind of like a fighter-jet. I have replica factory switches laying around here somewhere, with a bunch of different graphics, but I'm not sure if I want to switch (haha pun not indended) to those or not.
-Dash mount for my phone
Another self-explanatory thing, so I'm not sure why I'm adding more information to all of these. Regardless, I don't know what kind this is. I think it was a group buy from massdrop or something, and I thought it looked like it would work on the FJ's funky dash. I was correct and it has definitely served me well.
-JBL subwoofer and speakers
Current mods (UNDER THE HOOD)
Got the JBL subwoofer first, as well as the back pillar speakers, and didn't realize that I had forgotten to do the rest of the speakers. For a while, and I mean like a few years, the sound came predominantly from the back. I just kind of thought that I hadn't noticed it when I first got the car. Eventually I decided to investigate, and realized that the front speakers were still stock. I don't know the scientific reason for why this made the sound come from the back, but I ordered JBL speakers for the front, put those in, and it has sounded far better ever since.
-TRD cold air intake
Not sure how I ended up with this. I don't remember if that was from the dealership or if I put it in afterwards. It's been a long few years, cut me some slack lol
-Expedition One Windshield Washer Fluit Reservoir Kit (+ fuel pump relocation kit)
Like I said earlier, this was to solve the issue created by the front bumper. I think this was grossly overpriced, and I probably could've made something similar myself, I make impulsive and not-always-great financial decisions, especially regarding my money-pit of an FJ.
-Man-A-Fre Auxiliary Tank
Yes yes I know, not DOT approved, just don't tell anyone it'll be our little secret
-Figure out the damn winch situation
This should've been done a while ago but I'm lazy sometimes.
The stock headlights now feel super dim, but I also don't want to blind anyone, so we'll see
Well that's about the end of everything for now. Time for some SUPER HIGH QUALITY SHOTS
Thank you for reading through this boring ramble of a post